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Maximizing Your Dental Benefits: Tips for Saving Money

Taking care of your dental health is essential to your overall well-being. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can prevent more severe health issues. 


Say you are enrolled in a dental benefits plan. First: excellent choice! Next, are you taking full advantage of your dental benefits? Understanding what you have and how you can use it effectively is essential. 


Understanding and taking advantage of your benefits can save money and ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. So, let's take a closer look at the standard features of dental benefits and what you need to know.


Key Takeaways:


  • Understanding your dental plan helps you maximize your benefits and save money.
  • Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial for maintaining good oral health.
  • Timing your treatments towards the end of the year can help with out-of-pocket costs.
  • Using in-network providers can save you money on your dental care.
  • Pre-authorization from your dental benefits carrier may be required for some procedures.
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) can be used for dental care expenses and help you save on treatments.
  • Payment plans may be available if you cannot pay for treatments up front.


Dental Coverage and Limitations

The first step to maximizing dental benefits is understanding what you are covered for. Dental benefits do vary between carriers. That is why reading the details and understanding what is and is not covered is critical. 


For example, many plans cover preventive care, such as regular cleanings and checkups. However, some dental plans have limitations on orthodontics (braces) and may not cover some procedures. Also, review your dental insurance policy for waiting periods, the annual maximum, and any deductibles or copays you may be responsible for.


Schedule Regular Checkups

Prevention is vital for good oral health. By scheduling regular checkups and cleanings, you can catch any issues early on and avoid more costly treatments further down the line. Many dental plans cover preventive care at 100%, so take advantage of that benefit.


Consider the Timing of your Treatments.

If you need more extensive dental work, consider scheduling it towards the end of the year when you have already met your deductible and annual maximum. This can help you save on out-of-pocket costs.


In-Network vs. Out-of-Network Providers

Most dental benefit plans have a network of providers that have agreed to provide services at a discounted rate. These providers are known as "in-network" providers. If you go to an out-of-network provider, you may have to pay more out of your pocket. 

Using an in-network provider can save you money on your dental care. If you need to see any dentist or specialist, ensure you understand who is in your network and how to find them before you have an appointment.


Understand Pre-Authorization Requirements

Some dental procedures require pre-authorization from your dental benefits carrier before being covered. This is typically true for extensive procedures like orthodontics or oral surgery. You will need to understand your plan's pre-authorization requirements and how to get approval before your procedure.


Take Advantage of Flexible Spending Accounts

If your employer offers a flexible spending account (FSA) for health care expenses, consider using it for dental care. FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible expenses, including dental treatments. So, you can pay yourself back for anything you spend at the dentist.


Ask your Dentist About Payment Plans

If you need dental treatment but can only afford it some at a time, ask your dentist if they offer payment plans. Many dental offices have financing options that can help make treatments more affordable.



By following these tips, you can maximize your dental benefits and ensure you get the most out of your coverage. Remember to schedule regular checkups, understand your benefits, and take advantage of cost-saving opportunities when they arise. Your teeth and wallet will thank you!

For more tips, check out our free video guide on dental plan waiting periods.

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